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NBA roundup: Boston Celtics hold on to beat Indiana Pacers despite late scare

NBA roundup: Boston Celtics hold on to beat Indiana Pacers despite late scare
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Boston have clinched a play-off spot for the sixth year in a row.

The Boston Celtics let a 19-point lead slip but managed to hold on for a thrilling 114-111 victory over Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night.

The Celtics clinched a play-off spot for the sixth season in a row with the win.

Jayson Tatum led Boston with 30 points, while Gordon Hayward had 27 points and 10 rebounds.

Domantis Sabonis was in top form for Indiana with 28 points, nine rebounds and eight assists.

The Brooklyn Nets scored a nail-biting 104-102 victory at the Los Angeles Lakers, with Spencer Dinwiddie scoring 23 points.

Dinwiddie made the tie-breaking jump shot with 28 seconds remaining before Anthony Davis missed a three-point attempt on the buzzer.

Caris LeVert made 22 points as Brooklyn started a four-game California road trip by upsetting the Lakers, who lost for only the second time in 13 games.

LeBron James had 29 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists for the Lakers.

James Harden made 37 points as the Houston Rockets ended a four-game losing streak with a 117-111 home win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Rockets' losing streak dropped them to sixth in the Western Conference with the play-offs fast approaching.

Russell Westbrook scored 27 points for Houston, while D'Angelo Russell led the Timberwolves with 28.

The San Antonio Spurs beat the visiting Dallas Mavericks 119-109, despite Luka Doncic's 38-point haul, the Orlando Magic won 120-115 at the Memphis Grizzlies and the Portland Trail Blazers triumphed 121-105 at home to the Phoenix Suns.

The Los Angeles Clippers crushed the Golden State Warriors 131-107, the Washington Wizards beat the visiting New York Knicks by a 122-115 scoreline and the Chicago Bulls won 108-103 at home to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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